What will I learn?


As a Postgraduate Single Module (PGSM) student, you will undertake Master’s-level (level 9 on the national framework of qualifications) modules for personal achievement or continual professional development (CPD) without having to commit to study towards an exit award. This means you can study online, on your own schedule, for one semester in a topic of interest, including Information Technology, Management of Operations or Environmental Management.

Whether you are interested in up-skilling, for example, you already have a Masters qualification in business, but wish to learn more about information technology, or are seeking to study for personal achievement, the DCU Postgraduate Programme Single Module (PGSM) (Level 9) programme provides you with the means to achieve your goals. This programme's strength lies in its flexibility, in terms of the time, place and pace of study. The Postgraduate Programme Single Module (PGSM) offers you the opportunity to study, at Masters Level through distance education, without having to commit to a full-time, or part-time, campus-based programme.


Programme Structure:

You can choose the module of your choice from the list of 15 credit modules shown below.

OSC10: Management of Operations (15 credits)

The aims of this module are to provide an in-depth understanding of the role of services in meeting customer needs, providing customer satisfaction and to develop a firm foundation in the concepts and principles of modern operations management. This module consists of three elements (Management of Operations, Operations Strategy and Service Management) with one assignment per element.

OSC11: Information Systems Strategy (15 credits)

The aim of this module is to provide the manager with an in-depth understanding of the strategic role which information systems play in the organisation, operation and management of the business enterprise and an appreciation of their shared opportunity for re-engineering their management responsibilities to maximize the benefits such systems can provide.

OSC12: Management of Internet Enterprise Systems (15 credits)

This module will enable you to confidently manage internet systems in the knowledge of their technology, architecture, protocols and contemporary applications. This module consists of three elements (Internet Technologies including Cloud and Web 2.0, Internet Systems Infrastructure and Internet Applications) with one assignment per element.

OSC14: Management of Sustainable Development (15 credits).

The overall aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the challenges involved in current best practices for the delivery of sustainable management practices across a range of operational issues specifically, waste and environmental management, energy and water management and procurement management.

OSC15: Management of Clean Technologies (15 Credits)

The main philosophy of this module is that for a business to be successful and competitive in the long-term, the whole of the business resources, including environmental, economic and social resources, must be managed from a perspective that integrates the growing importance of clean technologies and the contribution they have to make to economic competitiveness. The module consists of the clean management of water waste and energy. This is primarily aimed at those with an engineering or technical background.

Study options

Online/Distance (15 credit modules)

Tuition fees
Full credit module/Dissertation module fee: €1,885 for EU students, €2,825 for Non EU students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2020

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent (2.2) but appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University. Interviews may be held. Other English Language Requirements: a minimum score of 580 in the paper-based test of TOEFL; 237 (computer-based), Grade C in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; Grade B in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English.

For international students

There are five entry routes to the programme:

A Level 8 or higher degree in a relevant discipline (Engineering, Science, Business or Information Technology) from a recognised higher education institution.

Chartered membership of an engineering institution such as the Institute of Engineers of Ireland or a professional accounting body such as the Institute of Chartered Accountant.

A Level 7 qualification in a subject in a relevant discipline or non-chartered membership of a professional body, along with at least three years relevant work experience.

A level 8 qualification in a non-relevant discipline along with at least three years relevant work experience.

Evidence of substantial relevant work experience. Such applicants will be required to submit a CV in support of their application and may be required to attend for interview.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D3
  • GCE A-Level English Language: Grade D
  • IELTS: Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component
  • TOEFL: 237 (computer-based), 580 (paper-based test)
  • TOEFL iBT: Total Score of 92
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP): C1
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 63 (with a minimum of 59 in all components)

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